Monthly Review

Monthly Review: March 2017

What a dreary month it has been for me! The weather has been sporadic, hot one day, windy the next, always chilly mornings which has been a mixed bag for my health. I love cold weather, but the ups and downs have had me sick for a good portion of the the month. I suppose it’s been good for the blog though, as I’ve spent a lot more time reading (as evidenced by this lengthy update).

In terms of actual blog updates, I’ve found myself really expanding the tags I use for romance book reviews and decided to write up an explanation, which can be found on the blog dictionary. I know not everyone takes romance books as seriously as I do, but I figured it might be handy to make sense of the plethora of tags I use to label them now.


This Month’s Posts

Book Reviews




What I’ve Read

★★★★★

★★★★☆

★★★☆☆


Book Haul

Kindle First

Kindle Owner’s Lending Library

NetGalley





Prime Reading

Purchased


Review Request

Samsung for Kindle

So when I picked my kindle back up, I thought that the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library was done away with and replaced by Prime Reading. I was wrong and I couldn’t be more excited to have one more source for books (as if I needed one). Also found a couple of fantastic books on sale that I’m pretty excited about, though they are on the back shelf for now until I can get through the massive pile of books I acquired through NetGalley. I’m beyond happy that I’ve more or less been approved for every book I requested! I have a good schedule of books to read and review from my NetGalley acquisitions all the way up until August, which suits me just fine since I’ve been in quite the reading kick recently.

I’m making it a personal goal to make most if not all of the reviews for the next couple of weeks NetGalley acquisitions, and hopefully close to the release date. I’ve been reading older works for a while, I’m having a good time exploring all the new books and authors from this year. There are so many books released each year, it’s so hard to choose sometimes between keeping up with what’s current or cutting through my old TBR pile.


Around The Web

Articles

19 Sci-Fi & Fantasy Reading Suggestions for International Women’s Day (Unbound Worlds)
23 science fiction and fantasy novels to read this March (The Verge)
Baileys women’s prize 2017 longlist sees established names eclipse debuts (The Guardian)
Behind the Scam: What Does It Take to Be a ‘Best-Selling Author’? $3 and 5 Minutes. (Observer)
Margaret Atwood on What ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Means in the Age of Trump (The New York Times)
The countries that read the most books (Independent)
These are the books America’s new national security advisor says you should read (World Economic Forum)

Shopping

Out of Print (Book themed clothing, jewelery, & mugs)

Videos

Why Fantasy Matters | Elizabeth Chapin (TED Talks)

A lot of links for you all this month, hopefully that’s a good thing! I just ran into a lot of really great articles and other websites that I really wanted to share with folks, so hopefully this list proves to be a good one.

I don’t usually like to get all political on my book blog, but the Margaret Atwood article was genuinely a good read. I adore Atwood, she’s just an entertaining and thoughtful person in general.

Also especially worthy of note, the Observer article about Best Seller lists was particularly funny and I really appreciated it. It talks about some of the gripes I’ve had with what seems to be every author nowadays waving #1 Best Seller flags.


Reading Next Month


My Life

On the bright side, I got a wonderful surprise from my husband! My old Kindle Fire HD has had a dying battery for a while, I could leave it sitting for a couple of hours and the battery would drain even when I wasn’t using it. That and the fact that the Fire is a tablet and not an actual ereader, my eyes would get worn out reading for extended periods. Add on top of that issues with glare, and the fact that even on the lowest setting the screen was still too bright to read at night while my husband tries to sleep and, yeah.. I had a couple of complaints about it. I just never felt that I really needed a big beefy tablet since I only really used it to read ebooks and occasionally update my reading progress on Goodreads.

I had been thinking about getting an actual ebook for some time and was recommended a Kindle PaperWhite, since I had heard that the lighting was softer and the eink screens were much easier on the eyes. Once the hubs caught wind of this, he ran out and bought me the upgrade to the Paperwhite: the Kindle Oasis. Slim, better lighting, buttons to flip the pages and a cover that acts as a second battery. I am in love! It has solved all of my complaints with the fire, the screen with the right lighting settings really does look like an actual piece of paper, it’s not so bright at night and it really has put less strain on my eyes. I’ve found myself reading for much longer periods of time with it and I couldn’t be happier. The price tag for it unfortunately is rather steep for an ereader, so it’s hard for me to recommend, but I am beyond happy to have it.

2 Comments

  1. Litha Nelle

    This year I seem to be doing mostly older books (with only one ARC so far) and I kind of like it because it’s less pressure on me to write a review close to the publishing date. Thanks for linking the articles- even before I learned how the “best seller” thing was done, I often rolled my eyes when I saw that phrase flung about- just because it sells doesn’t make it necessarily good. I hope you feel better this month (it should be warmer, but with some of the weather patterns lately who knows?).
    ~Litha Nelle

    1. Jamie

      Aha I’m usually the opposite. I have a hard time keeping up with all the new releases (so many) and usually read older books that I’ve had on my TBR for a long time. I figured it’d be fun to give the NetGalley and new release thing a go so I can get into some of the hype over new books/authors. It does kinda wear you down after a while though, and I feel bad if I end up disliking a book, since it’s still new and a lot of authors seem to lurk the reviews on Goodreads.

      Thanks as always for stopping by! <3

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